‘Our little miracle’: Baby gets second chance at life after doctors remove brain tumor thought to be fatal

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BOSTON — Before Abigail Jones was born, her parents had already made her funeral arrangements. That's because doctors told Abigail's parents she'd be born with a brain tumor that would likely kill her.

"We had been told since I was 30 weeks pregnant that this was fatal," Erika Jones said.

When she was born in August with Down syndrome and the tumor, Abigail's parents and sister cherished every second with her, taking photos that have since been seen around the country -- along with their harrowing story.

Days passed and Erika and and Stephen Jones started to question the diagnosis which said their little girl wouldn't be around much longer.

"She was thriving. She was certainly not in any way shape or form dying," Abigail's mother said.

Her parents sought the help of surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital where Dr. Alan Cohen works at neurosugeon-in-chief. He said he didn't think there was enough evidence to give little Abigail a death sentence.

We "said why don't you come on up and take a look at this thing and may be we can take it ou," Cohen recalled to WHDH.

That, the Joneses said, was the first time they had hope. So they flew their family from their home state of Florida to Massachusetts and Cohen and his team performed the surgery.

"When Dr. Cohen came out of surgery saying we got it all, and we're pretty pretty pretty sure that its not malignant it's not cancer it was almost like she was born again. She had a life now," Erika Jones said.

Now, Abigail's parents call her their "little miracle."